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Illustration for article titled Randy Jackson to make famous people briefly do the jobs theyre actually suited for on new VH1 show

As part of a much-needed karmic reckoning, reality television has launched a trend toward engineering forced humility for famous people—pushing them down into the retail muck with I Get That A Lot, having them swap lives with someone who shares their name but none of their swagger on Same Name, caging them up on H8R with the people who say mean things about them, despite the fact that they are just trying to live their lives, etc. “But what if those famous people were also provided with statistical evidence that they’re not special, while also still frequently acknowledging that they are special?” asks the new VH1 show Aptitude Test, in which American Idol platitude-bear Randy Jackson puts celebrities through one of those high-school “career aptitude tests” that no one really takes anymore, then sticks them in whatever job is determined to be their “rightful calling.” Of course, after slogging through a whole workday of on-the-job training while wearing a disguise, said celebrity will then whip off their wigs and say, “Ha ha, no! I was a famous person the whole time!” And then they will be allowed to go back to being famous, secure in the knowledge that while their current lot in life has little relevance to their actual skill-set or where they deserve to be, being famous is nevertheless much, much better.


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